To celebrate National Community Development Week and emphasize how important Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are in improving the quality of life for Malden’s low to moderate income residents, Mayor Christenson, members of Malden City Government and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) hosted an event March 30, 2016 at the Malden Senior Community Center. A video highlighting some of the great projects funded with CDBG was shown that evening. The HOME Program, the largest Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for rent or homeownership by providing funds to build, buy and/or rehabilitate affordable housing, was also showcased in the video.
MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke, representatives for Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, a representative for Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Councillor at Large Debbie DeMaria, and Karen Hayes from Mayor Christenson's office, presented certificates of appreciation to the various public service providers in attendance that evening.
The CDBG Program is a flexible program that provides the City of Malden and other communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG has provided millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements throughout the city and has provided thousands of Malden residents with community based programs serving youth, elderly, those with special needs, those experiencing or threatened with homelessness and others within the low and moderate income population.
The MRA administers the CDBG and HOME Programs on behalf of the City.